Friday, July 12, 2013

Vandals wreak more havoc at Pangnirtung Airport, Nunavut, Canada: Helicopter trashed, equipment stolen from plane

Police are asking for the public’s help in returning the stolen items to the owners. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pangnirtung RCMP detachment at 867-473-0123, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Thieves in Pangnirtung celebrated Nunavut Day this past July 9 by breaking into a Piper Super Cub aircraft parked at the airport and stealing an avionic GPS device and six flares, a source told Nunatsiaq News.

It’s the second aircraft security incident there in less than two weeks.

This past June 28, an intoxicated man threw a large rock at a Bell 206L Longranger helicopter operated by Universal Helicopters of Goose Bay, Labrador, destroying the window.

The chopper had been chartered to carry scientists into Auyittuq National Park, but the work was delayed after a replacement window was flown in to Pangnirtung.

In that incident, police charged a man with mischief over $5,000, and several other charges. He’s scheduled to appear in court in Iqaluit July 16.

In the July 9 incident, the Piper Super Cub’s two pilots were forced to return to Iqaluit to replace the stolen equipment, the RCMP said in a news release.

The two men had been taking their aircraft from Iqaluit to Greenland.

Police have reported no arrests in the July 9 aircraft theft incident.

But they urge the public to come forward with information.

People with information may call the Pangnirtung RCMP detachment at (867) 473-0123 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477.)

Online tips can also be placed at or texted to ‘NWTNUTIPS’ plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES.)


No comments:

Post a Comment